In dry skin conditions soap should be avoided. Emollient bath additives should be added to bath water; hydration can be improved by soaking in the bath for 10-20 minutes. Some bath emollients can be applied to wet skin undiluted and rinsed off.
Aqueous cream used as a soap substitute may also suffice as a bath additive. It is best whisked in a jug of hot water before adding it to the bath water.
The preparations make skin and surfaces slippery - particular care is needed when bathing. The use of anti-slip bath mats/handles especially for the young and elderly should be encouraged.
GPs can be asked to prescribe bath additives/wash - DO NOT prescribe from outpatients unless really urgent. Patients may be asked to purchase these products in the community.